Another day

- February 15th, 2011

All that is left to play for is pride.
The season is ticking away. The countdown to the trade deadline has officially begun. Then, the Senators can start watching for the end.
You have to wonder who is going to be left after the deadline. The players in the dressing room are. They don’t know who is going to be left once GM Bryan Murray finishes making his moves.
There aren’t many untouchables:
l D Chris Phillips has a full “no move” clause so he can make his own decision.
l LW Jarkko Ruutu is going to be able to help a contender that wants some veteran help at the end. If the Carolina Hurricanes aren’t interested, they should be.
l Alexei Kovalev: If anyone has watched him all year, they won’t touch him.
There are others being discussed. Veterans Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Chris Campoli and Matt Carkner are among those drawing interest.
My belief is the next one to be dealt will be Kelly. There are plenty of teams interested and looking for help at centre. He is just a reliable player.
Changes will be made. Games have to be played. The clock is ticking towards the deadline.

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5 comments

  1. Steven says:

    I’m interested in what the team will look like after the deadline and do they really want to bring a lot of players up from Bingo? Wouldn’t you want these guys playing in the AHL playoffs? It wil be curious to see if they try to get some older guys like say a Todd White who are playing in the AHL from other teams to fill in the NHL roaster and let their own kids develope in Bingo. Auditions are fine, tanking Bingo because you are tanking the big league teams doesn’t make sence

  2. Brian Sheen says:

    Trading Kelly would be a big mistake. Kelly plays a smart game and gives full effort each game. He always makes his wingers look a lot better than they are. Also he has a reasonable cap hit. If I were GM it would take high draft choice and a sure fire prospect to pry him loose.

  3. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    I agree with Brian Sheen.

    Kells is one of those “glue guys” that you need in a dressing room.
    Say you move him, Phillips, Neiler, bla bla. So you have an aging Alfie that might retire and you have Spezz, Michalek, Regin, etc. Where’s the veteran presence?

    You need a guy like Kelly around. He’s dependable, doesn’t rock the boat, brings a constant effort, pots in a little offense, is excellent in his zone, does not take bad penalties, kills penalties. He’s basically like that Sweeney guy in Boston in the 80s (I always got them mixed up but I think Bob was the forward). Kelly is also legit off the ice too.

    If you’re going to do a complete “blow up” then everyone needs to go, from Spezza to the old core to Gonch/Campoli, etc. I really don’t think this team will go anywhere with Spezza as its captain.

    Remember when Pierre Turgeon became the Habs captain? Mmmmhmmmm huge torch-passing at centre ice, got some early points, did well but the pressure was just too high for him and it never got done. Spezza will be sheltered by you guys and the Team and Citizen, and that’s fine…but my gut tells me this fanbase has never warmed to him and never will until he has that “Alfie moment” where he just goes clutch and wins a series or two for the team.

    Who knows though, he could end up like Patty LaFontaine and carry the team on his back and become beloved.

    Anyone remember that call from Jeannerett with that call against us in 95?

    FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LAFONTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIINE!

  4. Nancy D says:

    Totally agree, Brian. Kelly has been a solid, steady performer for us for a few years now. We can’t afford to give him away unless we get a sweet return.

  5. Nancy D says:

    I don’t like this Kelly trade….Boston’s 2nd rounder? Too low a pick.

    Shoulda been a first + another pick, or second + a prospect.

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